Friday, May 18, 2007

Immigration Debate will drag out all summer.. sigh

Before we get too excited about the upcoming Senate actions.. consider what people in Washington are saying. No author attributed to this posting but I have already heard this from others. Let's face it - they have never passed ANYTHING without months of arguing and fighting .. however we should NOT stop letting them know that we will not allow amnesty for illegal aliens EVER. Do you hear us yet in DC? If you keep this up we will all come there in person and tell you...


A look at the next steps for an immigration overhaul plan worked out by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House:

SENATE CONSIDERATION

The Senate plans to open debate Monday on the bill and consider amendments throughout next week. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has set a Memorial Day deadline for completing the measure, but it's unlikely the complex plan can be finished that quickly.

HOUSE ACTION

Democratic leaders are waiting for the Senate to pass a bill before they consider one in the more-polarized House. They plan to act on immigration in July, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has told President Bush she won't bring up a bill unless he can promise at least 70 Republicans will support it.

CONFERENCE

If the House passes a version, House and Senate negotiators would have to blend the two bills into one. The House and Senate then would each have to pass that product. It would then go to Bush for his signature.

ENACTMENT:

Bush has said he's eager to sign the measure into law by August, when Congress adjourns for four weeks, returning Sept. 4.

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